Red Impaler, the highest level
of Charger veterancy
During the playtest, you will be able to improve your troops. Commander upgrades happen automatically, while trooper upgrades require you to visit Riftforge barracks in order to hire veteran troops.
The playtest takes you through 30 levels of experience. Every ten levels, your commander will be automatically upgraded. At level thirty, your commander will be upgraded automatically to the maximum commander veterancy.
All troops have three, easily distinguishable levels of veterancy. For ease of reference during playtesting, we have dubbed them: GREEN, BLUE, and RED.
When you first start, all your troops are "rookies" but you are able to immediately start hiring GREEN core troops. Advancing through the 30 levels of the playtest, you will end up with a squadron of RED veterans.
When you hire a veteran unit, you get a buffed up version of the trooper. However, the newly acquired veterancy skills are more important than the stats improvements.
The skill progression is similar to DOTA games. You have a quick skill, power skill, utility skill, and of course, ultimate skill.
There is also a fifth skill called "counter" skill. It will serve as a hard counter against certain enemy troops. For example, RED Guardians get access to Lasso, a skill that counters enemy mounted troops (i.e. cavalry).
- Pulls a single mounted enemy closer
Lasso allows Guardians to stop Raiders' hit-and-run tactics as well as prevent Grenadiers' kiting tricks.
At the rookie level, your troops only get two skills: the quick skill and the power skill. Thankfully, progression is pretty swift and upgrading to GREEN is cheap, so you will not be limited to two skills for more than a few games. GREEN troopers receive their Utility skill and BLUE troopers get the Ultimate skill. Finally, REDs receive the special counter skill.
Important: RED Commanders receive an additional, sixth skill. It converts tactical advantage (i.e. tactical points) into the primary resource (i.e. mana points).
There are close to 50 unique skills, so check out the skills of your favorite archetype: Guardian skills, Raider skills, and Ranger skills.
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